Game pieces in place for Boca Help­ing Hands’ an­nual ‘Mo­nop­oly Event& Casino Game Night’

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Boca Help­ing Hands (BHH) will host its eighth an­nual “Mo­nop­oly Event & Casino GameNight” April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Via Mizner Golf and Coun­try Club. The event, chaired by Vickie Peck and Karen Swe­den­borg, will sup­port the ser­vices pro­vided by Boca Help­ing Hands. Gary Peters, board pres­i­dent and two-time Na­tional Mo­nop­oly Cham­pion, in­tro­duced the tra­di­tion in 2007.

“Ev­ery year we have a great time at this event and through this oc­ca­sion we bring aware­ness about Boca Help­ing Hands and our many pro­grams that help in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and chil­dren,” said Karen Swe­den­borg, de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

In ad­di­tion to the fast-paced tour­na­ment style Mo­nop­oly, there will be casino gam­ing, mu­sic, dancing, din­ner, cock­tails, and a silent and live auc­tion. Items up for bid in­clude restau­rant cer­tifi­cates for JB’s on the Beach, Grand Lux Café and Brio’s Tus­can Grill, and golf at Bo­caWest Coun­try Club, Stone­bridge Coun­try Club, Boca Lago Coun­try Club and Iron­horse Coun­try Club. Other prizes in­clude wine tast­ings, tick­ets to Kennedy Space Cen­ter, Sea World andWalt Dis­ney­World, and more.

BHH as­sists in pro­vid­ing food and emer­gency aid to meet ba­sic hu­man needs and long-term so­lu­tions to break the cy­cle of de­pen­dence. Pro­grams in­clude a food cen­ter that serves hot lunch six days a week, a Thurs­day Fam­ily Night Din­ner, a Pantry Pro­gram dis­tribut­ing more than 4,000 gro­cery bags monthly to qual­i­fied fam­i­lies, a Job Men­tor­ing pro­gram help­ing clients be­come job ready, and a Re­source Cen­ter that helps qual­i­fied res­i­dents with limited fi­nan­cial help and re­fer­rals to other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Through BHH, Back­packs Boca Help­ing Hands dis­trib­utes more than 1,000 back­packs to eight el­e­men­tary schools, filled with six meals and two snacks for the weekend. These are given to chil­dren who are on a free or re­duced lunch pro­gram at their school and might not have any other sus­te­nance over the weekend. BHH is al­ways seek­ing ways to help their clients break the cy­cle of de­pen­dence.

Tick­ets range from $150 to $1,500. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-367-1193 or visit www.boc­a­help­ing­hands.org.

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